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Secondary Transition Planning

Education and Training

Resources and guidelines to assist youth with disabilities as they transition from school to adult life, including
education and training, employment and independent living: CDE Secondary Transition Planning

Resources are organized into five categories: Employment, Education and Training, Independent Living,
Compliance, and the Guideposts for Success document: 


Education and Training

Independent Living


Guideposts for Success

Employment First Policy

Resources and guidelines for educators, parents, and agencies that will assist transition age youth develop
postsecondary goals that lead to competitive, integrated employment (CIE).

Adult Education Schools

In addition to offering courses to obtain your High School Diploma or GED, these local schools offer many short courses to
obtain certification in numerous career paths.

Escondido Adult School offers classes in Building & Construction, Medical Occupations, Business & Finance, and Technology

Vista Adult School offers classes in Business Education, Culinary Arts, Medical Occupations, and I.T.


Please click on the Apprenticeship link on the left link for a list of apprenticeship opportunities in California: Apprenticeships



Local Colleges:

Cal State San Marcos

Mira Costa College

Palomar College

College for All: Inclusive Postsecondary Education

Think College - a website dedicated to informing individuals with intellectual disabilities regarding college
options. This website provides news, publications, topics, free webinars, videos, and other training opportunities. 

Their Resource Guide for Inclusive Postsecondary Education is an introduction to inclusive postsecondary
education and college options for students with intellectual disability.  In this easy-to-read format, you'll helpful
tips, information, and resources.  You’ll learn how colleges include students with ID, and how to find and apply to
college, as well as pay for it.

Their Family Resource page is exceptional.

Making My Way Through College - This great publication is from the National Collaborative on Workforce and
Disability. Subject matter includes:

Get the Facts about College

  • Decisions about Disability Disclosure & Connecting to Disability Services
  • Get to Know Your School
  • Figure out Your Finances
  • Learn about Disability Benefits Planning
  • Decide What Support You Need & Get Connected
  • Connect with Other Students, Including Students with Disabilities
  • Take Charge of Your Health & Well-being
  • Understand Yourself
  • Create Your Individualized Plan 

Understanding the Differences Between High School and College:  This guide was created by Think College
to help teachers, families, and students.  It discusses the need to plan for the ways that higher education
will be different from high school, including higher academic expectations, increasing independence,
and new social environments.

SAT and/or ACT Accommodations:

All requests for accommodations and EL supports, including appeals, must be submitted by the published 
late registration deadline for your preferred test date through the Test Accessibility and Accommodations (TAA) system. 

The websites are:

College Board - Accommodations on Exams

ACT - Test Accommodations

Please contact your student’s counselor and/or monitoring teacher if you have questions about the

College Online

Affordable Colleges Online 

Whether you’re looking for online colleges with financial aid or affordable colleges and universities with a good
return on investment, this website has done the research so you don’t have to.

You can obtain an online degree from a four-year college for a fraction of the cost of attending the school.

The site has developed a comprehensive lists of affordable college and online college options. They also provide
information regarding financial aid options and advice on filling out the FAFSA form.


Financial Aid and Scholarships

FAFSA - Federal Student Aid

Cal Grant - How to Apply for the Cal Grant

Scholarships for students with Disabilities:

Here are just a few websites with information and links to scholarships for students with disabilities.

Affordable Colleges
Best Colleges

Trade (or Vocational Training) Schools

We have several trade schools in north county San Diego, including UEI, MiraCosta Technology Career Institute 
and Pima Medical Institute.  Trade Schools are a great option for students who want to obtain quick certification
in a skill or trade.  Financial Aid may be available depending on the school. 

This guide provides useful information when considering this option: 

Guide to Trade School For People with Disabilities


Job Corps

Job Corps is  administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, and is the nation's largest career technical training
and education program for young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income.

Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school
diploma or GED (if they don't have one) and find and keep a good job.

Job Corps offers hands-on training in more than 100 career technical areas, including automotive and machine
repair, construction, finance and business services, health care, hospitality, information technology,
manufacturing, renewable resources, and many more.

Here's a list of careers offered and detailed information about each course: Job Corps Careers and Training

Job Corps can help them prepare for college through partnerships with local colleges.

Courses in independent living, employability skills, and social skills are offered to all Job Corps students.

Our local Job Corps is located at:

1325 Iris Avenue, Building 60

Imperial Beach, CA 91932-3751

Tel: (619) 429-8500

Fax: (619) 429-4909